civ·​il·​ly | \ ˈsi-və(l)-lē How to pronounce civilly (audio) \

Definition of civilly

1 : in terms of civil rights, law, or matters civilly dead
2 : in a civil manner : politely

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Hampden County Sheriff Thomas Cocchi has designated a wing of his jail for the treatment of men civilly committed for substance abuse reasons. USA TODAY, "Could jail-based treatment be the answer to fatal opioid overdoses?," 10 Aug. 2019 While the governor's office has singled out some legislators for their position on the dividend and encouraged Alaskans to weigh in, Dunleavy has asked them to do so civilly. Author: Mark Thiessen, Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska lawmakers weigh Dunleavy’s call for a special session in Wasilla," 20 June 2019 Presumably all this beating took place civilly, and things got done. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Joe Biden’s Race-Card Education," 20 June 2019 He was ordered civilly committed as mentally ill and dangerous. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Farmington man accused in grandmother’s hammer death found incompetent," 13 June 2019 Gualtieri also noted another new state law could mean his office may be civilly liable simply for arresting the shooter. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Republican lawmaker, NRA lobbyist challenge Florida sheriff on 'Stand Your Ground' stance in shooting," 31 July 2018 The head of Vocatio, former priest Rosario Mocciaro who married civilly in 1977, estimates there are about 5,000 men in Italy alone who have left the priesthood, a third of whom would seek a return to married ministry if allowed. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Issue of married Catholic priests gains traction under pope," 23 Oct. 2018 Serving the medical needs of an aging population civilly committed to the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island means more doctor appointments and costs. Alexis Krell, The Seattle Times, "Aging sex offenders on McNeil Island needed 557 medical trips last year," 21 July 2018 And there are ways to tag -- civilly tag people who are unstable by teachers and officials, which is actually taking guns away. Fox News, "President Trump demands probe of campaign 'spy'," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of civilly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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